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NMSU College of Arts and Sciences to kick off colloquium series



The new College of Arts and Sciences Fall 2014 Colloquium Series at New Mexico State University will begin Monday, Oct. 13, with a talk from Tim Ketelaar on ?William James and the Transition to a Modern Science of Psychology.? The colloquium is from 4-5:15 p.m. in Science Hall Room 107 on the NMSU campus.

Ketelaar will explore the influence of William James, author of ?Principles of Psychology.? James was somewhat of a paradox ? a doctor who never practiced medicine and a skeptical scientist who regularly attended sťances.

This year the colloquium series will feature topics relating to ?transitions.?

?We are living in an era of rapid and continuous transformations of our economic, socio-political, environmental, and technological landscapes. The theme broadly captures the patterns of these changes as well as how societies deal with transitional changes,? said Heather Throop, biology professor and chair of the Arts and Sciences Colloquium Committee. ?We envision that ?transitions? forms a unifying thread joining much of the work done by scholars and students in the College of Arts and Sciences.?

Other upcoming talks from the series include ?Transitions in Genomics: Science Opportunities, Citizen Participation and Ethical Dilemmas? by Brook Milligan on Oct. 20 and ?Behavioral Flexibility During Social Transitions: A Lesson From Songbirds? by Keith Sockman of the University of North Carolina on Nov. 10. Talks are held at 4 p.m. in Science Hall Room 107.

?The series is intended to provide a venue for cross-department discussions, encourage dialogue across traditional disciplinary boundaries, and facilitate future collaborations. Scholars and students from all fields in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as the university and broader community as a whole, are invited attend this series and participate in an interdisciplinary discussion,? Throop said.

The colloquium is free and open to the campus and community. Visitors to the campus will need a parking permit to park in designated areas on campus. To obtain a free, single-day parking permit before arriving, visit https://ict-iisweb.nmsu.edu/auxadmin/ParkingForms/ePermit.aspx.